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Q: My dog ate a dead animal. Is this okay?

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 1481 days ago

Mary T.

Is it okay to let my dog have dead mice (maybe they’re moles — I can’t tell) that he finds outside?

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Take away those deceased critters and substitute something safe for your dog to play with.

Indoor and outdoor rodents, appealing as they are to dogs, come with some health liabilities: diseases your dog can pick up from rodent bites, feces and urine, fleas and ticks — not to mention contaminated mouse meat or squirrel pâté. Leptospirosis is one such disease. Dead rodents might also contain rodenticide poison.

This is a good time to practice the “Drop it!” Command. Replace Mr. Mangled Mouse with a safe, chewable treat.

Thanks to the vets at BluePearl Veterinary Partners (bluepearlvet.com) for this answer.

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